Monday, August 6th, 2007...11:26 am
Due dates and doctors
Today is my official due date! However, I have no signs of impending labor. No burst of energy, no loss of mucus plug, no flu symptoms, not even Braxton Hicks contractions. According to small town doc, who we saw today, I’m effaced, but not at all dilated. He does think that I may have a relatively fast labor, since I’m so effaced, but who knows.
What I know is that I’m ready. The house is ready, I’m done with work, we’ve frozen a bunch of meals, and there’s nothing more to do but the birthing! I’m uncomfortable, although not so much that I can’t sleep at all or that I can’t move. We are continuing on with our lives, and plan on going out for dinner tomorrow night with a friend unless I’m in labor. Does that make us crazy?
And the good news for me, bad news for small town doc, is that his trip is canceled. His dog has cancer, so he’s taking him back and forth to the city (3 hours away) for chemo and radiation, etc. Doc said that he’s still on leave, but that if we call when I go into labor and he’s in town, he’d come in anyway. The on-call doc, who we meet this afternoon, would still be the official doctor, but small town doc will come in and act as birth coach or doula if we want. Nice of him to be willing to do that, especially since he’s dealing with his sick dog. So should I take him up on it? I don’t know – I expect that I will. He’s seen me through this whole thing and knows us and what we want. What do you think?